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5-speed conversion questions
#1
-What are my options for converting to a 5-speed; kit or piece the parts together?

-Best place to buy kit?

-What all parts do I need?

-Any modifications to the floorboard?

-Do I look for a used transmission or do I have to buy new?

-If buying used:
  What model?  
  What should the cost be?
  Are there modifications that have to be done to a used transmission to make it fit

-What troubles or anything else should I expect?

-I have a 460 that will eventually be installed.  Are all parts interchangeable?

Thanks!
Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."--Thomas Jefferson

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#2
Just for information, a friend of mine is building a Mach 1 from the ground up. He too is dropping in a 460 and is going with a 6 speed manual. Without checking, there is one made especially for the Mustang and has a smaller case so no tunnel mods are needed, but they ain't cheap!! I'd go 6 speed if I was doing it and had the cash.
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#3
I just bought a TKO600 from Modern DriveLine with most of the accessories needed. I am also converting from auto to manual. I have not yet installed them so I can't give you feedback on functionallity. One item of concern is that the TKO600 is designed to up to 600 lb/ft so if you are above that you will need a modified one or another box. The TKO600 with MDL's crossmember allegedly fits the tunnel without any modifications.

EDIT: fixed typo.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes
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(01-09-2018, 05:26 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: I just bought a TKO600 from Modern DriveLine with most of the accessories needed. I am also converting from auto to manual. I have not yet installed them so I can't give you feedback on functionallity. One item of concern is that the TKO600 is designed to up to 600 lb/ft so if you are above that you will need a modified one or another box. The TKO600 with MDL's crossmember allegedly fits the tunnel without any modifications.

EDIT: fixed typo.

Please post your info as you do the conversion as I'll be doing the exact swap only with an upgraded 3550. Already have the transmission, clutch and bellhousing. Just need to buy the cables, pedal, etc.
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#5
(01-09-2018, 05:26 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: I just bought a TKO600 from Modern DriveLine with most of the accessories needed. I am also converting from auto to manual. I have not yet installed them so I can't give you feedback on functionallity. One item of concern is that the TKO600 is designed to up to 600 lb/ft so if you are above that you will need a modified one or another box. The TKO600 with MDL's crossmember allegedly fits the tunnel without any modifications.

EDIT: fixed typo.

If you don't mind try to take some pics while you are doing the install and w write up if possible.  Big Grin

Wade

Thanks!
Wade
1972 Mach 1 351 cj 4speed
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."--Thomas Jefferson

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(01-10-2018, 06:44 AM)scgamecock Wrote:
(01-09-2018, 05:26 PM)tony-muscle Wrote: I just bought a TKO600 from Modern DriveLine with most of the accessories needed. I am also converting from auto to manual. I have not yet installed them so I can't give you feedback on functionallity. One item of concern is that the TKO600 is designed to up to 600 lb/ft so if you are above that you will need a modified one or another box. The TKO600 with MDL's crossmember allegedly fits the tunnel without any modifications.

EDIT: fixed typo.

If you don't mind try to take some pics while you are doing the install and w write up if possible.  Big Grin

Wade

I will be posting on progress. Right now I am working on some sheetmetal and rust issues and then I will start with the conversion. This is my build thread but I may start one just for the conversion:
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-musc...1-m-mach-1

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes
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I wrote an extensive post on my experience. Let me see if I can find it


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What I learned installing a t-5 in my 1971 mustang.
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